Travel Quote Series – You Are The Foreigner

Jirikisha in Miyajima, Japan.  No they weren't posing for me!
Jirikisha in Miyajima, Japan. No they weren’t posing for me!

Especially for those who whine about locals not speaking English.

Until next time…………happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

Jinrikisha – The Pulled Rickshaw
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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

36 thoughts on “Travel Quote Series – You Are The Foreigner

  1. How true! I have always been amazed by travelers who feel that the locals must change to fit their needs.

  2. I never whine about that :D. That’s a true quote. I’m flattered you shared it for my guest post. Thanks, Madhu. This scene looks as if set ages ago.

      1. 5-6, but some are only basic Madhu, though I read literature in all of them. Thank goodness I am not too shy to speak even when I mix some of them 😀

  3. Yay! It makes me cringe to hear that kind of whining, or when people want to insist in the U.S. on English only stuff. (Arrrgghhhh.) Nice of you to have it here in such a lighthearted manner, Madhu. 🙂

    1. Surprisingly, I am all for the use of English in our national language vs regional language(s) debates 🙂 Appreciate your support Riba.

  4. I agree, I don’t travel to experience what I can find at home, I always try at least to learn a few words, even if its just a greeting and thank you.

  5. We returned from Rome last Sunday. While I did work on learning Italian months before we left, I have to say I am ever so grateful for those who knew English far better than I did Italian. I never want to be “The Ugly American” (a novel) in which travelers complained about the culture and that they expected people to speak English.

    I do not expect people to adapt to my ways. I visit other places to see what they are like. I appreciate the courteous and warm welcomes that people have extended to my family and me. 😉

  6. That is so right! I remember being transferred to an organization in Singapore to handle Asia-Pacific operations and took issue with the use of the term “Far East” as it had colonialist connotations. I convinced them that a name change to Asia-Pacific would be more appropriate.

  7. I whine – a lot – but it’s because I don’t speak Polish. I remember an arch-whiner on a dig in Jordan: “Why don’t they paint their houses prettier colours?” was one I particularly remember.

  8. This is so true! My son Prabhdeep often asks me to narrate stories of ‘foreign lands’ to him. That’s when I smile and tell him exactly the same thing, that it was I who was the foreigner. The land had always stayed where it was, and so it does even today.

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